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July 2012 Volume 63 No 7

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) Assistant Editor Hugo Shirley Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson

Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman George Hall Michael Kennedy Fiona Maddocks Rodney Milnes (Chairman) Roger Parker Andrew Porter

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Front cover: Karita Mattila in The Makropoulos Case at the Met (see pp. 856-7) (photo: Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

787 Sense and censorship

By the Editor 788 People 402: Aleksandrs Antonenko

Amanda Holloway 794 Readers’ Letters 796 Patagonia’s Papageno

Benjamin Ivry on Christian Boesch’s second career 801 Newsdesk 804 Not country-house …

Fiona Maddocks toasts Bampton Classical Opera’s 20th birthday 809 ‘Der Jahrhundertsänger’

John Warrack pays tribute to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 813 Obituary 817 Opera around the world

862 Opera in Britain

881 Opera on CD 893 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 896 Opera books 899 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with the 2012-13 seasons at Opera North and Scottish Opera), Gothenburg, Montreal, Munich, San Diego, Toulouse; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 911 Classified advertisements 912 Wish I’d been there …

Piers Burton-Page

Opera, July 2012